I need to build a fixie, I think!

Discussion in 'Australia and New Zealand' started by Claes, Mar 3, 2005.

  1. Claes

    Claes New Member

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    I wish I was 178 so all *cough*dwarf*cough* frames would fit me. There are tons and tons of 54-56 frames around but not much at all that is bigger. I am not tall either, just taller than dwarf, that is all. :)
     


  2. Koon Yong

    Koon Yong New Member

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    gee ... if a 54cm frame is a dwarf, what's the 49cm that I ride?

    Oh I know ...asian-dwarf :)

    Koon
     
  3. NickZX6R

    NickZX6R Guest

    PiledHigher wrote:
    > Claes Wrote:
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    >>I got it, 60 bucks. Complete 12 speed bike, reynolds 555sl tubing,
    >>according to seller :) and a raleigh it is. Should be fun.
    >>The cool thing is that now I have a complete bike, and when I find a
    >>good part, I can pick that up and replace on the bike.
    >>
    >>Now, first thing, how do I fixie it as easy as possible? Need new hub
    >>or wheel it seems like. Any shop in Mel that would have stuff like
    >>that. Anyone that has a second hand one they want to sell?

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    > If it is a 12 speed you will most likely to screw off the freewheel and
    > screw on a cog, the centring of the wheel may need to be adjusted to get
    > a better chain line inc adjusting the spacers on the hub.
    >
    > You may be able to pick up a road width cog and use the existing chain
    > or get a track cog, bmx chain and potentially use the chainring on the
    > bike (preferably removing the large ring which most likely will require
    > new chainring bolts)
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    >


    I'm using a 1/8 chain and cog with a 3/32 road chainring and it works fine.

    I also didn't bother replacing the chainring bolts. Mine are normal road
    bolts (are double and triples different?) with a washer.

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    Nick
     
  4. NickZX6R

    NickZX6R Guest

    Claes wrote:
    > flyingdutch Wrote:
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    >>go via Singlespeed, do not collect $200!
    >>
    >>as PH says, initially to keep you moving, remove cassette and keep
    >>appropriate cog and space (LBS should be able to help you with spacers)
    >>according to optimal chainline.
    >>If youre running one chainring pick up a set of (shorter than road) bmx
    >>chainring bolts. if you have horiz rear dropouts you can slide rearhub
    >>fore-aft for chain-tension, if not keep on rear derailleur to take up
    >>slack.
    >>(shortening chain is also another to add to list). That's the
    >>short-term list.
    >>Longer term, buy fixed/flipflop hub and respace rearwheel, buy more
    >>bits. buy some other more bits, buy new frame, get tattoo, sacrifice
    >>cassettes at SS-alter, blither on to all friends how 'simple' SS/fixed
    >>is. Never do maintenance on bike ever again... Nope, I will go direct to true Fixie, I want to be able to brake the

    >
    > backwheel using my legs. So, for true honest bone breaking fixie, which
    > way should I go? New hub? I could build a wholly new wheel, then I need
    > track cranks I guess? Too ugly with a double with just one cog I think.
    > He he, then of course a new BB since the old one will not support the
    > track cranks I find. :)d This will be fun, and I am not concerned about
    > a few hundred bucks. Cool.
    >
    >


    I reckon just do it right, first time Claes.

    Get a track wheel if you can, or get a track hub and build the wheel.
    I managed to get a pair of NOS low endish Suzue/Araya track wheels on
    eBay for ~$200 (When I started I only had the frame). That meant all I
    needed to do was put 2 x 3mm spacers on the rear hub to fit the 126mm
    frame and the chainline fited the inner chainring.

    The only problem with building a track wheel is the $$$$. It's hard to
    find inexpensive track hubs of any quality here. And there's a small
    selection of expensive good quality hubs. The best deal I've found is
    ~$175 for a DA hub.

    Currently my front track wheel is unused and I'm planning to build a
    Dura Ace & Open Pro track wheel to replace the rear.

    Wanna buy some cheap almost new but fairly ordinary track wheels? :)

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    Nick
     
  5. NickZX6R

    NickZX6R Guest

    Claes wrote:
    > PiledHigher Wrote:
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    >>What dutchy and I are saying is that you can go straight to fix with a
    >>cog, chain and short bolts. less than $50.
    >>
    >>Then learn to ride fixed.
    >>
    >>Then spend lots of money on creating your perfect fixie.

    >
    > But but, wont I "untighten" the cog when applying brake with my legs?
    > Know what I mean?
    >
    >


    Your legs aren't that strong Claes ;) And neither are mine.

    My track hub doesn't have a lockring and it's not a problem at all.

    If you're paranoid, just put a bit of (blue?) loctite on it.

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    Nick
     
  6. NickZX6R

    NickZX6R Guest

    Shabby wrote:
    > PiledHigher Wrote:
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    >>Look mum no lockring, reviews on no lock ring are mixed but I've had no
    >>problems.
    >>http://www.thehippy.net/gallery/displayimage.php?album=74&pos=7

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    >
    > But then again, you're not the biggest bloke around, and have both
    > front and back brakes on your fixie.........
    >
    > However, why is Claes so willing to spend money on a shitter to ride to
    > the pub??? (And can't look posh.....)
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    >


    Looks like it's gonna end up being one of the finest shitter fixies of
    all time :)

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    Nick
     
  7. Resound

    Resound Guest

    "NickZX6R" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > PiledHigher wrote:
    > > Claes Wrote:

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    > I'm using a 1/8 chain and cog with a 3/32 road chainring and it works

    fine.
    >

    <snip>

    I'm doing that, and the bloody thing threw the chain half a dozen times
    today. I've put the smaller rear sprocket on (up to 74 gear inches from ~59)
    and refitted everything, so hopefully that'll sort it.
     
  8. Claes

    Claes New Member

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    Nah, goal was always to build ok fixie, must just look unsuspicious. :) But I do not really care. If I can get something cheap and ok, cool, I would like that, but if I have to spend some, limited dosh, I will, it just can not look posh. :) So, chill now all of you, I am not about to spend some serious money on this one, it is more a case of my enthusiasm running wild. :) It is not a fancy frame by any standard, chromemoly double butted. Not exactly rocket science. The frame looks cheap, has fittings for racks and all. It even has a sidestand, just so you get the picture. :) Not flash at all. It will never be flash at all. *hold thumbs*
     
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